• Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

    Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

    Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D-animated hologram that can serve up the weather on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More

  • ToyTalk renames to PullString, repositions as authoring tool for bots

    ToyTalk renames to PullString, repositions as authoring tool for bots

    ToyTalk, the startup that mashed together Barbie and the Internet of Things and let your kids chat away with Thomas the Tank Engine for hours on end, is cashing out on the bot craze with a slight realignment of philosophy — and a new name. The company developed a whole toolset — called PullString — to enable writers to create narratives for children’s toys. Read More

  • Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

    Even Barbie Has A Smart Home And Hoverboard Now

    Consumers may have been slow to adopt smart home technology, but that’s not the case for Barbie. At the recent New York Toy Fair, Mattel unveiled a newly upgraded – and now tech-enabled – Dreamhouse for its iconic doll. The house lets kids control its various elements – from the lights to the elevator to other appliances – and even the music! – using… Read More

  • Uber's Terrible No Good Very Bad Week And Barbie Apologizes

    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

  • Computer Engineer Barbie Loves Tux!

    Blogger Elizabeth Krumbach got her new Computer Engineer Barbie the other day. She was delighted to find a penguin on the box. Barbie loves Linux! I’ll bet that’s a picture of Linus Torvalds, and not boring old Ken, on Barbie’s cubicle, too! Read More

  • From The Video Vault: Barbie Video Girl

    With holiday shopping season now in full swing, it is time to revisit one of the strangest toys to come out this year. Yes, I am talking about the Barbie Video Girl. Or, as I like to call it, Surveillance Barbie. It is a Barbie doll with a video camera embedded into her chest, a USB port in her back, and batteries in her legs. When Mattel released this $50 Barbie last July, it sparked… Read More

  • Talking about the Barbie Video Girl Doll with Paul Carr (another doll)

    Make no mistake, we get some weird stuff sent to TCHQ, especially when it’s addressed to our Belgian reporter, Robin Wauters. Which is why I always make a point of opening his mail before it’s sent on. Today, though, was a special day. Today, wrapped innocently in tissue paper, came “Barbie Video Girl”: a genuine Barbie doll, featuring a hidden webcam in her neck. Read More

  • Vote for the Computer Engineer Barbie

    I can’t come up with a good reason why Computer Engineer Barbie is more socially-forward than Environmentalist Barbie, Surgeon Barbie, Architect Barbie, or News Anchor Barbie. It probably has something to do with a fantasy I share with nearly every other computer nerd. Whatever. Vote here to help further the Computer Engineer Barbie movement. You know you wanna. Read More

  • Testing out the Barbie Digital Nail Printer

    Here’s Mattel’s “Barbie Digital Nail Printer” due out in August for an undetermined price. Which design will I choose for my own nail? Find out after the jump… Read More